Dynamiters captain Jason Richter (#40) battles with Ghostriders forward Zach Befus (#14) last Friday.

Dynamiters captain Jason Richter (#40) battles with Ghostriders forward Zach Befus (#14) last Friday.

KIJHL: Dynamiters renew work ethic heading into weekend

Kimberley Dynamiters look to build Eddie Mountain Division lead as they visit Rockies Friday, host Braves Saturday

The Kimberley Dynamiters (19-3-0-3) will look to build upon their Eddie Mountain Division lead Friday night when they travel to Invermere to face the Columbia Valley Rockies (14-13-0-0) in KIJHL action.

The Dynamiters snuck away with a 3-2 overtime win against the Sicamous Eagles Sunday afternoon, following a 3-2 overtime loss to the rival Fernie Ghostriders Friday night.

“We’ve got to learn to take everybody in this league serious this time of year,” said Jerry Bancks, head coach of the Kimberley Dynamiters, following his team’s Sunday win. “This league improves. Every team improves.

“You can’t take anybody lightly and you have to strive to get better.”

After running rampant through a 13-game win streak that spanned across parts of three months — September, October and November — life hasn’t been quite as easy going for the Nitros in recent weeks.

After the Castlegar Rebels snapped the Dynamiters dominant run Nov. 10, the defending KIJHL champions have gone 3-1-1-0.

To get seven of a possible 10 points over a five-game stretch is nothing to turn your nose up at, but expectations are high in Kimberley and Bancks had a very clear idea what his team needed to work on in practice leading up to this weekend’s tilts with the Rockies (Friday) and Spokane Braves (Saturday).

“We’re going to work really hard on our fitness,” Bancks said.

“We’ve given up some late goals… To me, that’s mental fatigue and mental fatigue is from body fatigue. We’ve got to make sure we fix that. I don’t want anybody to be able to outwork us.”

After visiting the Rockies, the Dynamiters return home for a Saturday night contest with the Spokane Braves (4-19-0-4).